A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court this week accuses a New Hampshire cop of sexually harassing his female trainee and saying he “wanted to just take (women) out and rape them rather than issue a citation” when he pulled them over, according to whio.com.
Alexandra Drake’s lawsuit claims her New Boston training supervisor Lieutenant Michael Masella had a “rapability” scale for female drivers and would ask her if drivers they pulled over were “rapable.”
“Masella would routinely make comments about female drivers whom he thought found him attractive or good looking. He has apparently developed a ‘rapability’ scale about female drivers and would test Drake whether a particular driver was ‘rapable.’”
Her legal claim notes she feared the “slightest slip could make her a target of severe harassment, termination of employment or even rape.”
Lt. Masella’s harassment apparently wasn’t just part of Drake’s on-the-job training.
On one occasion, Drake ran into Lt. Masella while off duty. She was wearing sweatpants with writing on them, and Masella made comments that made it obvious he was referring to her backside.
On another occasion, Drake alleges Lt. Masella arrived at her home in a police cruiser wearing his New Boston Police Department uniform while she was off duty. When she answered her door, Masella asked Drake if she was naked.
Drake replied she was not.
Lt. Masella told her, “Oh, alright, I’ll come back later.”
During her first few months working with Lt. Masella, she noticed he would verbally harass female employees. Lt. Masella even bragged one of them cried often, and said another he harassed had “issues” and was full of “drama.”
Drake says she raised concerns about her hostile workplace environment with New Boston Police Chief James Brace in 2015.
Her lawsuit states officials did not bother to investigate after she complained about her work environment and instead Police Chief James Brace made “false slanderous and libelous allegations” against her.
Later in the same month when she made verbal complaints to her superiors, a separate officer in the same department filed a formal complaint against Lt. Masella.
According to Drake, Lt. Masella ordered her to alter a DUI report for which she was subsequently put under review for and eventually fired over in October 2015.
She has been unable to find employment since.
The New Boston Police Department denies her allegations saying Drake “manufactured the allegations to explain her termination.”